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Sara Kärki from Gasgrid to start as a chairwoman of European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB) consortium

European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB) consortium is happy to welcome two new chairwomen Sara Kärki and Maria Sicilia after a successful three years-long chairmanship presided by Daniel Muthmann.

The past year was highly impactful for the EHB and as 2022 comes to an end and the new year begins, so begins a new chapter in the European Hydrogen Backbone consortium. The EHB is thrilled to announce that Ms. Sara Kärki from Gasgrid Finland Oy and Ms. Maria Sicilia from Enagás will take the lead of the EHB consortium in a dual chairmanship as current chairman Daniel Muthmann has announced to step down.

The success of EHB in this past year can be summarized to many important achievements: the consortium developed leading-edge publications for hydrogen infrastructure as response to REPowerEU and engaged relevant players across the hydrogen value chain and the European Commission on the EHB Day.

“Hydrogen is a key technology for diversifying energy supply, improving energy security and resilience of the European energy system. European Hydrogen Backbone group has shown the possibility to react to the major changes in the energy sector with forward looking collaboration. It will be a privilege to continue the excellent EHB work together with the group and other stakeholders.” says Sara Kärki, Head of Strategic Analysis & RDI at Gasgrid Finland Oy.

In addition to EHB-work Gasgrid is actively participating in the international infrastructure development projects promoting the EHB vision. The aim of the projects is to enable hydrogen infrastructure throughout the Nordic and Baltic regions. The projects support the REPowerEU target of producing 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen in the EU by 2030.

Read more about the projects:

EHB press release 

Further information:

Contact: Sara Kärki, Gasgrid Finland, Head of Strategic analysis & RDI, sara.karki@gasgrid.fi, +358401581722

Gasgrid Finland Oy is a Finnish state-owned company and transmission system operator with system responsibility. We offer our customers safe, reliable, and cost-efficient transmission of gases. We actively develop our transmission platform, services, and the gas market in a customer-oriented manner to promote the carbon-neutral energy and raw material system of the future. Find out more: www.gasgrid.fi

Enagás is is a TSO (Transmission System Operator) with 50 years of experience in the development, operation and maintenance of energy infrastructures. It has more than 12,000 kilometres of gas pipelines, three strategic storage facilities, eight regasification plants and operates in seven countries: Spain, the United States, Mexico, Peru, Albania, Greece and Italy. In Spain, it is the main natural gas transporter and the Technical Manager of the Gas System.

In accordance with its commitment to the energy transition, Enagás has announced that it is bringing forward its goal of becoming carbon neutral to 2040. The company is committed to the development of renewable gases (such as biomethane or green hydrogen), sustainable mobility and energy efficiency, among other areas. The company is a world leader in its sector in the main sustainability indices, as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World, is included in the CDP Climate Change A List 2021, and has obtained the highest ESG rating in its sector in the FTSE4Good sustainability index. Find out more: www.enagas.es

The European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB) initiative has contributed to the development of a European hydrogen market through the publications of its flagship EHB maps, with a vision of a pan-European hydrogen transport infrastructure. These network maps demonstrate how this vision is both technically feasible and economically affordable, and sparked a debate on the role that a hydrogen network can play in the future European energy system. The initiative is managed by Guidehouse, a leading global provider of consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. Find out more: www.ehb.eu

Gasgrid Finland Oy is a Finnish state-owned company and transmission system operator with system responsibility. We offer our customers safe, reliable and cost-efficient transmission of gases. We actively develop our transmission platform, services and the gas market in a customer-oriented manner to promote the carbon-neutral energy and raw material system of the future. Find out more: www.gasgrid.fi/

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